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pooped, to baseball, to the kfc on the corner with the friends and family. this type of work that we're doing here is going to be critical, i think, from an access and equity and telling the story here in san francisco, but there is a unique opportunity to scale this out as a case study across the programming and services that are being delivered, but regionally and nationally with the work we are taking on as an organization. really quickly, the framework we are leveraging, and think of this program is a case study, there are lots of programs and services that they are delivering here in san francisco we take a three-pronged approach around impact. who is being served demographically in terms of where the events are taking place? who is taking place in the activities? the second piece of the types of services that are being delivered on a consistent basis over a certain amount of time. so the frequency of these services, to how phil and the
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leadership team have worked collaboratively at the program level with t.l.c. as an example, is defining what success and impact is. traditionally around analytics, it is tied to reporting out. this is a perspective that we are taking at the program level with the operators who are delivering the services with the kids at the school sights in san francisco. typically afterschool programs and summer learning are broken up around impact in the four core areas that we have seen. access and equity, academic impact, social emotional learning which is the hopped -- hot topic in philanthropy and trickling into the education component, and also community building. we touched a little bit about the impact and it is a loose term, but defining it with boots on the ground for the actual operators who are delivering the services to the families and the kids. it is the approach that the team has taken in san francisco.
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we have talked a little bit about data relative to storytelling and fundraising, what i am personally most excited about is applying data to program design on a consistent basis, an example here, researchers at northeastern, i touched on this, they can leverage twitter and realtime information to predict where the flu is taking place, they can look at the data that is being published on the individual tweets and predict out within six weeks within the neighborhoods where the flu is actually going to be coming towards you, and what is important here is once you have the information, what do you do with it? what they're doing is leveraging this information, predicting where flu is taking place, and applying resources through public health agencies to make sure the resources are there for the community and population. the second piece is the messaging. if i am told in the city that the flu is coming my way, what can i do on an actionable basis to be prepared to, go to the
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local walgreens, get a flu shot, and apply it. when you think about recreation and park with the centre and scaling this out, not only for storytelling and fundraising, but program design and predicted analytics to apply those resources in those communities is absolutely critical. the three areas that we -- storytelling, program design, applying why we are doing this work on a consistent basis and using information around the outcome metrics to deliver services. we are a small team in san francisco, we are also philadelphia, chicago, l.a., we have been around for a couple of years now. you can see the reach here. 3 million participants that we are tracking. a heavy focus on education, health, and youth development is
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our core focus. some partner examples, i am most proud on the record of working with san francisco recreation and park and we are just getting going. there are some really big names here. it is going to scale out and there will be a really unique opportunity to drive this sector relative to using data and analytics to drive impact across communities. the three partnership objectives that we outlined with the wreck and park team, empower the actual program operators with tools and analytics, coke create an outcome based framework for department leadership so we can roll up program data across the scenes. and the motto is to scale. t.l.c. is one example program, but the framework we leverage can scale across lots of different programs and services with a consistent feedback loop with the operating teams through recreation and park.
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leveraging demographic data of where the events take place, as well as a participant demographic data of home addresses and school partners pick the engagement hours that the services are tied to, the tennis, the rigourous academic tutoring, and the affordability. hamilton recreation growing up was 100% free, of those connections that i built with my friends and family carried through through high school and college. so having those affordable programs that are high-quality, critical, academic impact -- this was the leadership team saying these are the focus areas these are the services we are delivering, so we will look at average daily attendance, as well as additional metrics around academic, math, pe, english language arts, test scores.
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we looked at development for returning students at betty and ong, and 11% increase from year one to year two. we focused on average daily attendance. in the world of education, these numbers are around seven additional days of classroom and are a really big deal, not only for the kids, performing school revenue perspective. having kids in seats is a really important component. what t.l.c. has done, and our team is visiting the program sites, the t.l.c. operating program have great relationships with the tools. part of the approach is working with school leaders and outlining what is impacting success look like, between schools and service providers, and hamilton recreation, some example snapshots here relative to access -- where these
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participants -- where are these participants coming from? this ties to looking at data relative to logistics and travel , as well as -- how do we track it on a consistent basis over time. they are showing proficiency levels across different academic indicators. showing this is who we are serving. what is great is when you use a growth model around percentage, if language arts test scores as part of the intervention and other program delivery, let's track that over time and map that to the engagement data, county sessions, company hours, and curriculum being provided so we can leverage this with the program staff, not only from a storytelling perspective, but making sure there are tweaks to the program and tracking those outcomes over time, and working with school leadership on a consistent basis.
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retention here, how do you leverage this data across recreation and parks programs? this is one example of a program collaborative approach of the team is bringing, the data should be leveraged internally from professional development as well as testing different program models and tweaks that take place over time. what is next, relative to our partnership, and specifically t.l.c., we are launching all of this data into available dashboards. that can be leveraged for goalsetting. we will scale our partnership up so we have identified five additional programs that will be leveraging this data model as a partner in san francisco, and collective impact using this data to drive improved programs, but the philanthropic wing that is really interested in access, equity, education and health. leveraging information around impact collateral and marketing will be part of it, and that is
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what we are up to. >> public comment anyone? is there any public comment on this item? okay. >> thank you very much. >> public comment is closed. >> just a really quick question. you referenced the partnership with the schools. just a little more of what that looks like. i get is fantastic, but i am just curious. >> the alignment between service providers and school and district is absolutely critical, and so some of the challenges that we have seen on the program services side is being able to access data. it is one thing to outline framework with the providers, but we need to make sure that data is available. engagement data, types of services of data is available. we can leverage relationships with the district and take these academic indicators, upload it, and leverage it into dashboards and map it back to service providers. they are aligning with what their goals are when service
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providers and it is critical for the kids and families in leveraging data. >> awesome. >> just share a little bit about the work you are doing about the school district. >> we are focused on athletics and in school music programming. we have multiple foundations where partners are focusing on access and equity for in school work -- programs. the funding sources are delivering resources to the districts, and we are leveraging data and base lining access and equity for music programs. athletics is also the quote court focus. looking at dropout prevention rates and academic outcomes, kids involved with high-quality programs with mentors who care, where they're on a consistent basis, looking at that data is driving policy work, as well as philanthropic funding. those two examples are philadelphia-based. >> i really wanted to thank drew and his team.
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i want to make it very clear, this is very low bone no work that they're doing for us because this is their hometown and drew is so committed to the city and to our organization. this is a very, very powerful staff. other parks departments aren't doing this. we created this new program, t.l.c. as a feeder system into the new golden gate park tennis courts and we were trying to figure out how do we know whether it is working? and that is how we embarked on this relationship with metrics. we are going to expand and measure other types of programs, and this is only the beginning, but we are now -- we have launched into the impact and outcome model of recreation. >> thank you very much. thank you for the presentation. >> as a reminder, that was discussion only. we are now in item 12, which is
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general public comment continued is there anyone who did not speak on item four that would like to make general public comment? okay, seeing then, this item is closed. we are now on item 13, closed session. is there anyone who would like to make public comment on closed session? being none, public comment is closed. commissioners, we do need a motion and a second to go into closed session. >> all those in favor? >> i'm asked. >> if we could ask everyone to pleas leave, we will >> we are back from closed session. there is a motion on whether to report anything from closed session, and after that we will need a motion and a vote to
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disclose any or all discussions in closed session. there was a motion on whether you want to report the actions taken. >> motion to not report. is there a second? all those in favor? aye. >> the second is a motion on whether to disclose any or all discussions held in closed session. >> move not to disclose. >> second. >> moved and seconded. so moved. >> great. now we are on commissioner judge up matters. are there any matters? >> did you want -- >> yeah. >> go ahead. just a question related to the public comment reader on jackson >> just as a reminder for those who will come up later, there cannot be discussion on that right now.
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if there is an item that you want to explore, this is what that time period is for. >> can i do it in new business. >> i will wait. anyone else who wants to do commissioner matters? >> you tell me where to put this not on the issue -- put on the issue of the bond. >> i'm not asking for a conversation now, button update on. >> that is perfect for now. that is what you are requesting. do you want to conversation on the bond? do you want it back to commission? >> a conversation back on the bond. >> we gave you an update on the capital planning committee and we voted to move. you got an update in writing on the capital planning date to november of 20 for information about when we would begin outreach, but there are no new developments.
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>> okay. as a reminder, this is not for discussion. >> no update. anyone else? okay. so is there any public comment on this? public comment is closed. the next item is new business agenda setting. >> i had a question on the earlier public comment about the jackson playground and if that is on the rater or not or if there is any merit to the fact has it been upgraded since 1912. >> i'm happy to have a conversation with you, i'm very much on the radar, that was community advocacy and there is a long history and story to it and it ties into our bond buying process that will take place in anticipation of the november 20 th bond. >> thank you. is there any public comment on this item? public comment is closed. we are now on item 16,
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communications. any public comment? next one is adjournment. >> moved to adjourn. >> second. >> so moved. >> thank you, commissioners. >> good job, everybody.
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we are celebrating the glorious grand opening of the chinese rec center. ♪ 1951, 60 years ago, our first kids began to play in the chinese wrecks center -- rec
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center. >> i was 10 years old at the time. i spent just about my whole life here. >> i came here to learn dancing. by we came -- >> we had a good time. made a lot of friends here. crisises part of the 2008 clean neighborhood park fund, and this is so important to our families. for many people who live in chinatown, this is their backyard. this is where many people come to congregate, and we are so happy to be able to deliver this project on time and under budget. >> a reason we all agreed to name this memorex center is because it is part of the history of i hear -- to name this rec center, is because it is part of the history of san
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francisco. >> they took off from logan airport, and the call of duty was to alert american airlines that her plane was hijacked, and she stayed on the phone prior to the crash into the no. 9 world trade center. >> i would like to claim today the center and the naming of it. [applause] >> kmer i actually challenged me to a little bit of a ping pong -- the mayor actually challenge me to a little bit of a ping- pong, so i accept your challenge. ♪
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>> it is an amazing spot. it is a state of the art center. >> is beautiful. quarkrights i would like to come here and join them
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[♪] >> i actually knew when i was young, when i was in high school. it was the iconic dancer.
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[♪] >> the hula that he did was what i'm totally accustom to. the extensions that he did where he left hula flavor of the rest of his dance and performance was almost like stepping into a new sphere. it's not just the physical, the movements and the tempo and the lyrics, it's that he keeps it, i think, philosophically connected. [♪] >> he was young. he was ready to be molded. he came with a combination of fear and respect and awe many of it's a perfect place for a new student to be because it offers
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you that opportunity to mold them. >> with patrick, when he came to class, he was like a sponge. like a sponge. and he kept true to it. you know what i'm saying. when it was starting to study, he was so intense. he had to be told to relax. >> patrick is a sweetest, kindest, most loving man i met. >> he is charismatic. he is motivating. he is inspiring. he is brilliant when it comes to choreography. you've got the whole package. >> i think patrick is a good example within the whole world of being able to have a firm grasp on past traditions while shooting forward. ♪ the first time
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♪ ever i kissed your mouth >> with hula songs, they're in hawaiian. not everybody knows hawaiian. when you watch a hula, you don't understand the story being told. he can use ledge songs and put a hula do it and everybody understands what it's about. [♪] when they came out in that black and that one simple hairpiece, less is more. you get to enjoy the dance. you get to enjoy the faith. those are the things i look for. [♪]
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>> i think he is one of the best risk takers. and he makes me braver, to try things. i love thinking of an audience going, what the hell. what? [♪] >> i think it's all about variety. he looks for something else that could relate to other cultures, other people other than just hawaiians, it allows him to explore other cultures. they are so loyal to him. whatever he brings, they know that they will be surprised, entertained. a part of something that is inclusive rather than exclusive. [♪]
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>> he loves san francisco. san francisco embraced him when he needed it most. and he is on a constant give back. he has built such a nice inga tral working relationship with the community. >> his passion for it is, i think what touched me most. there's a drive there. there's this energy that comes from him that motivates you to do better. it motivates you to do more. it gave me that encouragement to start my own group. to do what he is doing. i want to replicate that. i have some young hula students that are excited to be a part of that lynn' age where it falls back and goes all the way back. it motivates them to want to keep doing it.
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>> i'm very proud to be the fly on your wall. to know that you have made me proud and that you will carry the legacy with you. he is so deserving of this legacy and it will carry on. with everything that he has given. >> you do leave a legacy in passing. >> you go. you go catch your legacy. and you continue to teach hula. you come back and you learn more stuff and you keep teaching me about that kind of stuff. and then, with all of that, laugh. [♪]
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>> good morning, everyone, the meeting will come to order. welcome to the april 8, 2019, meeting of the rules committee. i supervisor hillary ronen. and sha shamann walton will be here shortly. and seated to my left is gordon mar. our clerk is victor young. and i would like to thank kaleena for staffing this meeting. >> please make sure to silence all cell phones
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and electronic devices. documents are to be included as part of the file should be submitted to the clerk. items acted upon today, will be on the april 16, 2019, board of supervisors' agenda, unless otherwise stated. >> chairwoman: thank you. can you please read item number one. >> it is a hearing to appoint one member, february 1st, 2020, to the parks recreation and open space advisory committee. one seat. one applicant. >> chairwoman: is ms. ramiro here? don't be nervous. >> good morning. nervousness is an understatement. [laughter] >> thank you. and it gets worse. should i speak? >> chairwoman: yes, please. >> good morning. as you know, my name is aisha meadow, and i'm a filipino woman, who has
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been here for over 25 years. and throughout my journey here, i have a been a strong community activist within the city. i have provided countless hours in addressing major issues, not only within my current place, but also around san francisco and outside of the bay. i am a single mother of three children. who have been many parts of parks and rec, multiple different levels, different age grooms. groups. i'm highly involved, and very active. the podiums are nerve-wracking. i don't know about you back there. [laughter] >> chairwoman: you're a single mom of three. you can do this. >> i don't really like the term single mother, but by any means, it is hard work, and i'm very dedicated. and being a product of multiple different environments, i'm coming
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from different places, and being able to speak for the masses and the majority. this here alone, being in a room, being at a podium, pushing beyond the limits is basically a test to what i set to prove and to be an example for and leading by example, as a mother, as a woman, as a woman of color, and a strong community activist. the skills i'll be able to bring, being that there be will multiple different challenges or issues coming to face, i am going to graduate with my master's in business in may. and i have a strong background in mental health, not only workinguitworkingwithin the juse committee, but things i will be able to bring to the committee. i am very strong with business development. i have strong finance, the ability to write and implement policy. but, more importantly, is being a strong community activist and building the partnerships with all and every entity throughout san francisco. my biggest focus to why i'm choosing this
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particular seat is we're starting somewhere. i have no idea how policy goes, and i'm learning it from this perspective, and it is a little intimidating, but i'm going to fight through it because that's just who i am. i personally would like to focus a lot of my energy and efforts towards the bay view hunters point community specifically to address a lot the of parks, and lack thereof, and increase the safety for not only tfe youth, me having the youngest of four and the oldest of 16, and the middle 11, that i would want to feel comfortable, even though i have grown up in this neighborhood my entire life, to send my children out and not worry about any challenges. instead, i have to drive away from my own community to go to other parks and places for us to feel that bit of safety. and i want to address it because i know i'm notley onlnot theonly one, and i know i will not be the last. and i want to be a
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suitable voice to make this change. i want to put in whatever work is necessary, and i will never give up. >> chairwoman: thank you. >> and i did it! [laughter] >> chairwoman: supervisor walton, any comments about your incredible nominee to the park and recs open spaces advisory commission? >> definitely. i was excited to nominate ms. ramiro. as you heard, not just in terms of her qualifications, but in terms of education, and she is native to the community, she has children, and she utilizes the parks, and she is going to be a fighter for equity. and as we look at all of our magnificent parks, we need to make sure that the southeast sector is not forgotten, and also the services that are offered in our parks. i'm excited to have ms. ramiro be ready and willing to serve, and i look forward to moving her forward. >> chairwoman: opening comments? i'm going to open up this item for public comment.
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any member of the public wish to speak on this appointment? seeing none, public comment is closed. do you want to make the motion, supervisor walton. >> i would love to nominate ms. ramiro to seat 11 without objection. >> chairwoman: without objection, that motions motion passes. congratulations. [cheering] ch. >> chairwoman>> chairwoman: that the room cheers for an item they haven't come here for, so congratulations, you've made quite an impression. mr. clerk, can you please read item number two. >> the hearing to serve .0point five members, to the immigrant rights commission. >> chairwoman: wonderful, and i believe
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adrian pon is here and wants to make some opening remarks. ms. pon is the director of the office of civic engagement and civic affairs. adrienne pon, and i'll just be very brief. we have a wonderful commission, and we're super excited your going to be appointing and considering other names to add to our commission of the work right now is at an all-time high with daily attacks on our immigrant population and our vulnerable community. so we need commissioners who are going to be active, show up for meetings, and help the city develop policy that is good for all of our communities of color, but particularly our most vulnerable members, our immigrant community. we have a lot of commissioners who want to make statements, so i'm just going to leave it at
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that. that we've been lucky, for the last few years, that the board has supported appointments and the mayor's office. appointments of honorable, great commissioners, and we ask that you reappoint the four incumbents, and there are several individuals that we would like to see added to the commission. we do summer the voice of youth. and we need that on our commission. and we do not have a member of the trans community on the commission. so those are the gaps that we currently have. i appreciate your consideration. >> chairwoman: thank you so much. i appreciate it. so i am going to now call each of the applicants as they're listed on the agenda. if you could try to limit your remarks to three minutes, we're going to give three minutes for every applicant. i will call you up in order. first we have ala chisti.
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good morning. goochisti.>> i'm going to put a timer on so i know -- >> chairwoman: there is a timer. >> cool. good morning, supervisor walton, supervisor ronan, and supervisor mar. my name is aldan. and i have been a community organizer, as a teacher for almost five years. i've taught in san francisco public schools, and i've also taught in d.c. public schools, and for many, many summers, i also taught in a program called "aim high," for summer school, which, also, i was a graduate of. the other piece is my personal background. i am a woman of
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muslim/indian descent. my dad came to the states in the '60s, which was a long time ago, and he has a bunch of stories he could share, also. he eventually went back and got married to my mom, and all of my siblings and i were born at s.f.general. me, personally, i went to the university of san francisco. i doubled majored, and triple minored, and i got a master's in education, which is how i ended up teaching. but i also ended up going to u.c. hastings, and i went to d.c. to teach and got my master's in public policy. so i have a huge, huge knowledge of policy, and how policy is important to legislation because it needs to be based on numbers because you cannot refute numbers. you cannot refute numbers, unless you're trump. and so that's one thing,
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just my qualifications, and it is a stepping ground as to why i would be appointed because -- one of the reasons why is because i, um -- like, i continue to believe in san francisco's policies for safe and i in inclusivity for all people. i refute the rescission to daca, and refute the continue raids and the separation of families. and that also kind of is a stepping point to the other piece, which is, it is also important -- that's one of the reasons why i think being being appointed is important because it is to educate new people moving to san
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francisco, who are born in the u.s., so there is an ununderstanding why immigration rights are so important. that helps send a message. lastly, families are diverse, and they add to the social diversitiy, and they add to the economy locally. and in five seconds, i want to say that 9/11 changed the air, especially for muslims. and it changed the air for muslims around the world and in san francisco, and it became a free-for-all. but that's why it is important to protect families and provide them stability, for those who are seeking responsibilities. >> chairwoman: thank you so much. any questions? >> no. >> chairwoman: no questions. thank you so much. [applause] >> chairwoman: next, i wanted to call up hadagu, and i so sorry if i'm messing up your name. and your first name, can you pronounce it? >> hadagoo.
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thank you for having me. i am raised in san francisco. i went to school locally, and i've been on the commission for several years now, and the reason that i think that this commission is important, and that being in this commission is very important, is that at a time like today, when there is so much hopelessness, this commission gives the community hope. and the most important thing that i've seen this commission do is allow space for im grapt immigrants to feel like they're welcome. our duty as americans, and specifically sa san franciscans, and as a san franciscan who has been welcomed here as a refugee from sudan in 1986, i think it is very important to have a space when the whole country seems like it is saying, you are not welcome. we want people to know that we, immigrants, are welcome. this is our home. this is where we belong. this commission has sessions where community members can come here and say, we are a member of
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this community. most recently with the yemeni community that we had last month. they were here, able to express through grievances, and i think that is very important. i think we learned just as much from them as they take from us. in fact, much more because they expose us to what is going on. i would like to continue to serve on this commission, to be able to say, you are welcome in this city. and that is a space that -- a communication that i think should continue on. i am from there -- the original community is in san francisco, but i feel like i'm just a part of the san francisco community. and that's all i have to say. and i thank you for allowing me to be able to speak today. thank you very much. actually, i will add one more thing that we were talking about earlier. right now as an immigration attorney, i do a lot of work with persons detained, people at the
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border, and in el centro, and part of the reason i said people should feel welcome is because when people enter the borders, they are not aware what america is going to look like. they are shocked by what they see. they are shocked by how we receive them as citizens because their perception coming in is that america will be a welcoming space. and i think that idea should continue to be sent and submitted. thank you very much. >> chairwoman: thank you so much. any questions? no. thank you, and thank you for all of your service so far. we really appreciate. next i wanted to call up ryan cudaste. hi. >> good morning. good morning supervisors. good morning supervisor walton, ronan, and mar. it is a pleasure to be with you all this morning. my name is ryan, and i'm here before you all today seeking reappointment to
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seat number three on the immigrant rights commission. i'll first speak to my background, my qualifications, and then the work that i've done on the commission. and then, third, some future plans that i have for the commission, and then i'm happy to answer any and all questions that you have. i was born and raised here in the san francisco bay area to two immigrant parents who fled the revolution of iran in 1979. they came to this country fleeing the weaponization of religion, so that myself and my sister could believe in what we wanted, we can be what we wanted, and going up, i developed a great sense of respect for the immigrant story. i grew up without my grandparents, my cousins, my uncles and aunts because they're from iran, and now we have this travel ban. i haven't seen them for 13 years, and that is more than half my life. so i spent a lot of time giving back to that community, teaching english as a second language, helping immigrants fill out their n-400 forms, filling out resumes. i was a volunteer in the
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santa clara county for the work i had done. i was a kindergarten english teacher, helping folks learn english because english was a way for them to have a better life. i went to law school at u.c. hastings, and during the 2016 election, with the elevation of vitrial, i felt like i needed to do more. and i'm honored to be elected to this commission. i've got a lot of great work, and i hope my colleagues can attest to that as well. i was appointed to the executive committee. i'm the co-chair of the immigration policy taskforce. i've taken a large lead in helping set the agenda and plan for our special hearings. i got hastings students involved to volunteer during the emergency daca renewal. i was a big advocate for the creation of the immigration defense unit in the public defenders' office. i testified before the board of supervisors for
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instance and sub commit, i brought jeff adochi to hastings. right now i graduated law school, took the bar exam, and i started working at the public defenders' office three weeks ago. my whole life has been in service to marginalized individuals because i know what my parents went through. i know we need to look out for each other. some future plans i have going forward, we were honored to have supervisor ronan host one of our special meetings in the commission. i would love to partner with you, supervisor mar and supervisor walton to hold these community townhall meetings. i know we're more focused on federal legislation, but i would love for our townhalls to focus more on what the city can do legislation-wise to help uplift our immigrant communities. i think that's it. and i'm happy to answer any questions that you all have.
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>> chairwoman: than thank you so much. thank you for your service thus far. >> one last comment -- >> chairwoman: sure. >> i would like to give my personal recommendation to jesse ruiz, who would bring a special per perspective. because i can't stay for public comment because i have to go to work, i want to recommend the s.r.o o. slate for agenda item number three. >> chairwoman: way to take advantage of the mic. thank you ochthank you so much. next we'll hear from paul munihe. >> good morning, supervisors, it is a pleasure to be here before you today. i've had the privilege of working with you all over the course of several years, but i want to offer a little more about my background. when my parents fled civil war in el salvador in the
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early 1980s, they gave up everything they knew and had in hopes of finding safety and sanctuary in the united states. my parents were able to find that sanctuary right here in san francisco, we churches that were willing to house them, with schools that were willing to teach them, and with a community that was willing to take them in as one of their own. for generations, san francisco has offered sanctuary to thousands of immigrant families like mean. but sadly, as you all well know, we're in the midst of the worst housing and homelessness crisis that our city has ever known. and immigrant families across san francisco are being forced out of their homes and displaced from their neighborhoods. like the immigrants rights commission, i'm committed to making sure we're doing everything within our power to make sure that our city remains a sanctuary for generations to come. as a part of the immigrants rights commissioner, what i hope to accomplish is to develop develop a razor-sharp focus on how the housing and homelessness crisis uniquely impacts our communities, and to work
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alongside our city departments to remove barriers to issues around housing and homelessness. i believe i have the personal and professional experience to accomplish this and more as a member of the i.r.c. i returnly serve as the policy director at compas services. many of our clients are immigrant families in high need. i previously have worked with legal services departments, and agencies like the defense collaborative, and helping families who are fighting unfair and unjust evictions throughout our city. and i served on the san francisco youth commission, where we initially work on compaigns for the youth, and working with the school district. and finally, personally, i
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hope to rely, as a member of the commission, on my personal experience growing up in a low income household, as a queer person of color, to make sure the commission provides care and attention to the immigrant families that call san francisco home. with that, i welcome any questions, and look forward to your consideration. thank you. ( buzzer ) >> chairwoman: thank you so much. next we'll here from omro radwa. sorry. >> good morning, chair. good morning, supervisors. my name is amro radwan. i was appointed to the immigrant rights commission in 2017. i'm a person of color, who is muslim, and one of seven children of immigrants of egypt. my wife is also an immigrant who was recently naturalized. i served on the immigrant rights commission since
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september of 2017, and i filled in someone else's seat, i think it was seat five. during my e tenure, i've worked to hold various public hearings, some which were very near and dear to my heart, specifically the hearing on the daca and deferred action, as well as the travel ban. i've also volunteered on many occasions in terms of the citizenship workshops that we have throughout the city. and most recently, as commissioner giam referred, the yemeni community hearing, where we held a public hearing regarding the civil war in yemen and the affect on the community here in san
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francisco. as far as my career, i've dedicated the last 18 years primarily here in san francisco, serving social justice non-profits, and helping them leverage technology. i currently work with glide, and we're helping implement a volunteer management system for them, as well as young women freedom center, who does a lot of work with young women of color, who are both on the ins, and on the outs. let's see. and then finally, in terms of career-wise, i'm working with good samaritan family resource center here in san francisco. i've had a lot of time to sort of ruminant and think about what my position is, and, you know, what i've done over the past year or so in holding someone else's seat. and, you know, i think, at
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this point i really did want to apply for my own seat in terms of moving forward with the immigrants rights commission. my focus, frankly, is trying to make san francisco a safer place for aum immigrants in general, but i want to give voice to my community, the muslim/arabic-speaking community. and i have this vision of bridging the gap between the different states. and given the islamophobia and anti-semitic rhetoric -- my hope is to bridge that over the next couple of years. >> chairwoman: thank you so much. any questions? thank you for your service thus far. >> thank you. >> chairwoman: next we will hear from larry sexon. is larry here? yes. hi.
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good morning. >> my nam i name is larry saxon, and i'm the chief operating officer for the african advocacy foundation. i'm the first generation -- the second generation in my family that came out of the fields as share croppers. we started as slaves, and we became share croppers thereafter. i get it. i've been there. i appreciate it when i pick every peach, when i eat every bean. i know what went into that labor. my mother said, always remember the red clay in the folds of your knees no matter how high you get.
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to me, it is important that the african-american community be afforded to reach out to the african community in particular, because the department has the assumption that you simply plop black people among black people and they will get along. and that's simply not the case. i live in district five, which is the highest population of african and ethiopian population. but there is no ability to have an ethnic relationship between the two of us, and it is problematic. and i work with a lot of north africans, who have blonde hair and blue eyes, who identify strictly as african first. and i'm seeing what they're having to deal with on a firsthand basis, with the new policies that our prison has
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implemented. i'm a senior. i'm gay-identified, i am disabled, and i have served my city as well as i can for many, many years. i've lived in the western additions for 40 years. i've seen some radical changes. i'm the last black man standing on my block. and i always say they'll take me out feet first. my concern is immigration is not immigration. it is a civil rights issue. it is about making america live up to its credence in the constitution as the bill of rights. we do wonderful things on paper, but in terms of how we treat people, that's where the cognitive difference occurs in america. i think each one of us has a responsibility as citizens to do what we can. so i humbly submit my name for your concern. thank you so much. >> chairwoman: thank you so much. >> thank you for your time. >> chairwoman: thank you. next we'll here from
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roxanna shacota. >> good morning, supervisors. i'm a first generation immigrant who has worked in social justice and philanthropy in san francisco for over 10 years. i'll briefly lay out what i do, how i do it, and how i feel i can contribute to this body. i listen to problems, and i bring together the right people to solve them. currently i work besides a progressive advocacy non-profit, when i facilitate immigration non-profits and philanthropy leaders. i work for the immigrants in detention, who's cases are often heard in the ninth circuit court of appeals in san francisco. we discuss the fact that attorneys across california lack the resources they need to represent these vulnerable individuals. so i recently raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding to pair non-profits with teams of
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experts to tackle these challenges. we're developing solutions that could support the over 450,000 immigrants in detention across the u.s. annually. at the end of this month, i'm visiting a detention facility, as well as migrant quarters. i convene people around shared purpose. i help centers connecting individuals with asylum-seekers. last year i hoste hosted dinners across the commission at the new tenderloin, and new friendships are develops. in two weeks, i'm hosting another dinner in the tendetenderloin, the first sudanese restaurant run by refugees, and i invite you all to join me. i want to impact one person at a time. i volunteer with a citizenship initiative, where i support individuals and immigrants through their t.d. s. naturalization process.
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